Bottom line: Miami drops two players with long-term contracts and a lack of toughness; the Heat gets two intriguing free-agents-in-waiting, including Corbin ($1.7 million salary).
•Guard Terrence Rencher to Phoenix for Smith. You get the drill by now. Rencher ($200,000 salary) was not a vital cog in Riley's wheel, while Smith ($500,000), who drew mild interest from the Heat last summer as a free agent, will add depth to the backcourt. And—guess what?—his contract is up this summer.
On the same day the Heat was wheeling and dealing, Laettner was relocated from Minneapolis to Atlanta. He sealed his fate with the Timberwolves last week with his jealous tirade against rookie sensation Kevin Garnett. Laettner said, "You've got to have the rookies and the young kids shut up." He added, "There's not a winner on our team. Name a winner on this team, besides me." (He did win two NCAA titles at Duke.) Laettner is a complementary player who makes more than complementary money ($4.5 million next year, $5 million the season after that), and the Timberwolves were happy to package him with center Sean Rooks in exchange for center Andrew Lang and guard Spud Webb. Webb, who earns $1.8 million, becomes a free agent this summer and probably won't be re-signed. Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens developed a good relationship with Laettner in 1992 while serving as an assistant coach with the original Dream Team and feels he can curb Laettner's petulance. Laettner's parting shot to the Timberwolves: "I've had four coaches in four years. None of them was a head coach before, and none of them was a head coach after." (Laettner conveniently forgot that the first of his coaches, Jimmy Rodgers, led the Celtics for two seasons before his stint with the T-wolves in 1991-92 and'92-93.)
Fox Gets Attention
Celtics swingman Rick Fox is having the finest season of his pro career, in part because the departures of forwards Dominique Wilkins and Xavier McDaniel presented him with additional playing time, but also, says Fox, because he has learned to cope with attention deficit disorder, which has afflicted him since childhood but was diagnosed only two years ago.
ADD is a neurological condition that causes a marked inability to sustain concentration and is usually associated with children. But according to Dr. Edward Hallowell, who has treated Fox and who himself suffers from ADD, between six million and eight million adults in the U.S. also suffer from ADD—and more than 50% never know it.
Two years ago Mary Hilsman, the mother of Fox's girlfriend, Kari, attended a lecture given by Hallowell and heard him describe the symptoms of ADD, which include impulsiveness, restlessness and susceptibility to distraction. Hilsman came away thinking of Fox. When she and Kari urged Fox to consider treatment, he angrily refused. "My feeling was, I've come this far in my life. Why should I change anything?" says Fox. "It seemed like they were telling me I was crazy."
Yet even Fox would not deny that he had trouble focusing, both at home and on the basketball court. He would drift off while a coach diagrammed a key play in a team huddle. He would push the ball up the floor on the break, his mind racing, unable to decide whether to pass or shoot.
Fox finally agreed to see Hallowell, who reviewed Fox's history and explained why some of his actions were disjointed and why other people became frustrated with him. "It's comforting to get a reason why you are there one minute and not the next," Hallowell says.
At Hallowell's direction Fox took the prescription medication Ritalin for about two weeks in the summer of 1994 and was able to concentrate well enough to read an entire newspaper for the first time. But when his blood pressure skyrocketed, he stopped taking the medication and has since used mental exercises to improve his focus. "I see things in a whole new light," says Fox. "So do the people in my life. I went back to Carolina and told coach [Dean] Smith I had ADD, and he said, 'Oh, that explains it.' "